The Art of Donation - Exhibition Opens Today!
MOSAICS depicting a kidney transplant patient's journey from
organ failure to full health will go on display at Manchester
Museum next month.
The celebrated works of artist Tracey Walshaw will be unveiled to
the public today, in conjunction with National Transplant
The 53-year-old kidney transplant patient hopes her graphic
portrayal of the harrowing process which saved her life will raise
awareness about the importance of organ donation.
Tracey, from Oldham, began to create mosaics that would chart her
journey to recovery as she suffered renal failure from polycystic
kidney disease in late 2011.
She said: "The gift of a kidney and subsequently the potential for
life and a future for recipients is one of life's most remarkable
"No words can express the gratitude recipients feel towards donors
and so through my art I have found the best way I know of honouring
"The exhibition displays the mosaics I created before, during and
after my transplant operation at Manchester Royal Infirmary in
"I am dedicating it to my renal family - my donor, other donors
and potential donors as well as the dedicated staff at MRI.
"I hope this exhibition will raise awareness about the need for
kidney donors. There are currently more than 500 people in the
Greater Manchester area waiting for a transplant."
The exhibition at Manchester Museum has been organised by charity
Kidneys For Life, which raises funds for the Manchester Institute
of Nephrology & Transplantation (MINT) at Manchester Royal
Infirmary Renal Units and Royal Manchester Children's
The money it raises enables vital research into kidney disease and
provides essential medical equipment, education for renal staff and
patient amenities not funded by the NHS.
The charity's fundraising manager Irene Chambers said: "Tracey has
not only been brave enough to come through kidney failure, a
transplant and her recovery, but has also found the courage to
detail her journey so she can help others facing the same
"She is an exceptional person and we are delighted to be able to
showcase her mosaics and story at Manchester Museum, who have been
hugely supportive of the Exhibition."
Manchester Royal Infirmary carries out more than 250 kidney
transplant operations each year and represents more than 13 percent
of all kidney, pancreas and islet cell transplants carried out in